The Journey Of Justice Muhammed Yunusa To Ignoble Retirement
Prior to public revelation of Justice Yunusa's involvement in unethical practices with Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), bordering on transfer of funds for inexplicable reasons and telephone conversation, The Civil Society Network Against Corruption had done a compilation of cases where the Judge had consciously granted injunction to Criminal Suspects against anti-corruption agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The allegation borders on judicial abuse, compromise, and misconduct, which was levelled against Justice M N Yunusa of Federal High Court, Lagos Division by the Network. The network referenced 7 cases involving the judge submitted a petition dated December 21st 2015 to the National Judicial Council for investigation. See copy of the petition attached. On 16th March 2016, the (NJC) queried the Honourable judge, based on allegations contained CSNAc petition via a letter with reference number; NJC/F.3/FHC49/1/421 routed to Justice Yunusa through Justice Auta, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. Attached is a copy of the query. Subsequent upon Justice Yunusa's response to allegations contained in the petition by CSNAC, the NJC at its 76th meeting, which was held on June 2, 2016, constituted an investigation committee to look into the allegations and the Judge's response. An invitation was extended to the Chairman of CSNAC to appear before the committee at its sitting of June 27, and 28 at the NJC Building, Supreme Court Complex, Abuja by 10 am daily. The Chairman of CSNAC was invited to come and testify before the committee on the scheduled date(s). "He was also directed to come along with all supporting and/or necessary documents, witness(es) and counsel if there is any." Attached is a copy of the invitation. At the sittings, the petition was able to convincingly proved the allegations against the judge during cross-examination by a team of counsel representing the counsel. Unfortunately, the judge entered into the dock for cross-examination and inadvertently confirmed all the allegations in the petition. Find attached written address of the petitioner and reply to address by counsel to the respondent. Finally, on Friday, July 15th, 2016, Justice M.N. Yunusa was recommended for summary retirement by the NJC, based on the recommendation of the investigation committee. He was found guilty of all the allegations raised in CSNAC petition against him.